I'm guessing from a position of sublime ignorance - I know nothing of Air Supply or this song - but I found the lyrics HERE.superann said:One of Air Supply's classic songs is Making Love out of Nothing at All
What does it mean? No idea, but I'll guess in a minute.
Do people really say that? I think not.
When do people use it? See previous answer.
To say nothing of :But I’m never gonna make it without you
Do you really wanna see me crawl ?
And there's no suggestion in the song thatThe beating of my heart is a drum and it’s lost
And it’s looking for a rhythm like you
...you can make love without havingsex
Wow! River... that explanation/interpretation is beautiful and romantic.river said:"Making love out of nothing at all" means you can make love without having sex. To think of you, to anticipate your needs. Just to look at you is to make love to you.
But it's the girl (or anyway the love object, I don't want to be unduly heteronormative here) who is making love out of nothing at all. And the singer is "never gonna make it like you do, making love out of nothing at all."(As far as the singer is concerned, this guy is making love to her without doing anything at all
Not so fast, Lainey, the grades aren't in yet.ElaineG said:But it's the girl (or anyway the love object, I don't want to be unduly heteronormative here) who is making love out of nothing at all. And the singer is "never gonna make it like you do, making love out of nothing at all."
(I bet all my Comp Lit professors are extremely proud of the great ends to which I've put the close reading skills they taught me.)
And that then the love object sings back (both done in the same (male) voice in the song) ?:I can make the runner stumble
I can make the final block
Or are you saying that the whole thing is sung from a single (female) perspective? (Despite the rather heavy-handed football/anthem rock singer imagery quoted above?).And I’m never gonna make it like you do
Making love out of nothing at all
This is an interesting thread. Also, I agree with Suki's analysis of the lyrics.It sounds to me like the narrator is a professional player. A guy who can work the women without getting attached. Give them what they want without really getting emotional himself. But when it comes to the woman the song is about, he doesn't "know how to leave [her]" etc. Seems to me that he's actually fallen for the one the song is to.
Soooo, "making love out of nothing at all" would be her making him feel love, which was never there before.
As for the crawling line, well... this is a guy who knows how to work women, so never worried about being rejected. But now his heart is REALLY in it, and he could get hurt. He's scared. What if she rejects him?
This line is in the first half of the song, where the singer tells about all the things he can't do. And the line is immediately followed by the singer's saying that he has to try anyway. This only makes sense if the line we are discussing is negative. If he were saying "I know I am gonna tell you everything" why would he say in the next line that he will try to tell her everything?[....] Firstly, a question that might has some importance--is it really "And I'm never gonna tell you everything"? Why do I always hear "And I know I'm gonna ..."? They mean totally differently, don't they? [....]